Hanukkah Dinner and Celebration
Nate Evans '14 (left) and Adam Benovic '14 play dreidels, small tops with Hebrew symbols
are a traditional part of Hanukkah.
Nov. 30, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the campus community is invited to a Hanukkah
dinner hosted by Hillel, Illinois Wesleyan University’s Jewish student religious organization.
The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Turfler Room in the Memorial Center (104 University
Hanukkah, which begins this year on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8 and runs through
Sunday, Dec. 16, commemorates the recapture of the Jewish temple from the Syrians
in 165 BCE by a Jewish group called the Maccabees. The Maccabees rededicated their
temple to God, but only had enough oil to light the temple lamps for one night. The
oil lasted for eight days, allowing the Maccabees to prepare more oil. Every year,
Jewish families celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah by lighting one candle each night
for the eight nights on the menorah, a particular kind of candelabra, and exchanging
For additional information on the event, contact the Office of Communications at (309)
Contact: Katherine Filippo, ’12, (309) 556-3181 firstname.lastname@example.org